REC was recently commissioned to undertake a multi-disciplinary project on a scheme very local to our Manchester offices, in Erie Basin, Salford Quays. REC prepared Air Quality and Noise Impact Assessments for the proposed development, which comprised the construction of an apartment block consisting of 270 residential units across ground plus 15 storeys.
The site is located in proximity to an Air Quality Management Area, an area identified by Salford City Council as experiencing elevated pollutant concentrations. An Air Quality Assessment was therefore required to consider location suitability for the proposed end-use and provide consideration of potential effects as a result of the proposals.
Potential construction phase air quality impacts from fugitive dust emissions were assessed as a result of earthworks, construction and trackout activities. Suitable mitigation measures were recommended during the construction phase to reduce potential impacts to an acceptable level.
The assessment also modelled impacts during the operational phase of the development as a result of additional road vehicle traffic travelling to and from the. This indicated impacts were not predicted to be significant at any sensitive location in the vicinity of the site.
Dispersion modelling was undertaken in order to quantify pollutant concentrations at the site. This indicated that pollutant concentrations were not predicted to exceed the Air Quality Objectives across the site and as such, no mitigation measures were required.
Based on the assessment results, air quality issues were not considered a constraint to planning consent for the proposed development, subject to the inclusion of relevant mitigation measures.
A series of Noise and Surveys were completed in order to quantify the impact of road traffic and commercial premises upon the ground plus 15 stories of the proposed residential development.
The Noise Impact Assessment identified that the key noise sources impacting upon the development was from road traffic using The Quays, tram pass-bys and commercial sound from the industrial units to the north. Accordingly appropriate mitigation has been specified in order to reduce these impacts for both external and internal habitable areas.
This Noise Impact Assessment has recommended that through-frame window mounted trickle ventilators are incorporated into the glazing unit of the bedrooms of the facades that have line of sight to The Quays so that fresh air can enter the room without having to open windows.
The scheme received planning approval in March 2017.